Rugby Coach Weekly is an e-magazine that gives you quality rugby coaching information every week including:

> Our coaching experts dispense real world advice so you have exactly the right information for your team

> Comprehensive coaching sessions so you always have an exciting, fresh coaching plan at your finger tips

> The latest news, law changes and coaching developments to keep you ahead of the game

> Training secrets and motivational tips from experienced professional coaches

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A note from the Head Coach, Dan Cottrell...

...five issues for JUST 97p AND get your two FREE reports worth £27!

Games for coaching sessions

Smart sessions core skills

Dear Coach,

As a coach, you're not just teaching someone how to play a great sport... you're giving them life skills such as self-confidence, teamwork and mental toughness.

My team at Rugby Coach Weekly understand that coaching rugby is a big responsibility. Our aim is to make it easier and more fun for you. After all if you're not enjoying your coaching, it's a fair bet the players are not enjoying it either.

Rugby Coach Weekly aims to set new standards of excellence in rugby coaching. It will save you time, effort and aggravation with an exciting, skills-based coaching session every week, plus age-specific information for minis, youths and seniors.

Making coaching fun...

Let's face it – you and the lads or ladies are going to enjoy the game of rugby a lot more when you win!

Take out your 97p trial to Rugby Coach Weekly and in a short time you will see your players' game awareness and skill levels increase significantly.

The future of rugby is in your hands and I want to give you all the help I can, so you always find coaching a joy and never a chore.

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A short video about this week's issue

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Access your sessions on the Rugby Coach Weekly app

Now subscribers can access all their issues of Rugby Coach Weekly on their iPad or iPhone, through the Rugby Coach Weekly Newsstand App.

There is no extra charge for this service so subscribers can have a full library of coaching sessions at their disposal on the training ground.

Session not working as you'd hoped? No problem, pick another. Too few players turned up? Don't worry, use a session perfect for smaller numbers.

The Rugby Coach Weekly App is a great free addition to any subscriber's coaching toolkit. Take a trial today and access your five issues through the App at no additional charge!


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"Rugby Coach Weekly is a welcome addition to any coaches coaching library, packed with informative articles, coaching information and well-illustrated practices to supplement and enhance your coaching delivery”  
Ray Unsworth, Academy Manager, Sale Sharks

Look at what you get!

^ Our coaching experts evaluate what can go wrong in training, problem by problem, giving you 2 solutions that you can use in training today.

^ Clear and easy-to-use illustrated activities. With top tips to refine the way you coach

^ In our Rugby Surgery, our panel of coaches fix our readers problems. Plus in The Debate, you tell us what gets under your skin, or what rocks your boat.

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Rugby Coach Weekly is full of great coaching information and pays excellent attention to detail. I really like how the magazine builds up from the basics, meaning that it can be used successfully by coaches at all levels. The grassroots content is as important as the elite content. Well done and keep up the good work!”
Dale McIntosh, Academy Skills Coach, Cardiff Blues

With today's special trial offer you can enjoy the current issue plus the next four
12-page issues of my Rugby Coach Weekly e-magazine for a mere 97p.

You'll get all the following:

The current downloadable e-magazine (PDF) of Rugby Coach Weekly, so you will profit straight away from all the news, coaching advice coaching plans... PLUS
The next four issues sent to you just as our regular subscribers receive it each week, so you can see how our subscription service works... PLUS
FREE REPORT (PDF) #1: Rugby Coach Weekly Games for coaching sessions – Dan Cottrell's favourite 25 fun games for promoting teamwork and skills FREE (worth £19)... PLUS
FREE REPORT (PDF) #2: Rugby Coach Weekly Smart sessions core skills – four full training sessions to create a powerful attacking team FREE (worth £8)
AskDan: I tackle your rugby issues through the bespoke email advice service, Ask Dan. Available for Rugby Coach Weekly subscribers only.
FREE WEBINAR: Access to the first webinar:How to design the Perfect Ruck Drill. Join fellow coaches for future "Members only" webinars.

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Rugby Coach Weekly is delivered to your inbox every Wednesday, which means you can download your skills sessions to put into practice that evening. They are that easy to use. Over time you will build up an extensive library of handy coaching sessions to use for the rest of your coaching career.

And if there's a drill you think may interest another coach at your club or school, you're well within your rights to show them. All I ask is that you do not distribute your copy to anyone outside your immediate club or school.

My team's aim is simple. I want you and your team to enjoy being out and playing rugby week in, week out and winning!

An easy trial offer...

Take out today's 97p trial offer to get the current
e-magazine and the next four issues – plus two coaching guides worth £37 absolutely FREE.

With my 100% money-back guarantee you risk nothing. You can cancel your trial or full membership at any time and claim a full refund.

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Up-to-the-minute coaching information...

With Rugby Coach Weekly you will be kept bang up-to-date with the very latest news, law changes and views on rugby.

My extensive list of contacts mean that if there
is a law development you'll hear about it
immediately and know all the implications for
you and your team.

Each week I will provide you with very latest advice for:

  • coaching techniques and skills
  • fitness
  • psychology
  • player roles and responsibilities
  • planning training sessions
  • player management and selection
  • coaching children
  • player safety
  • personal development
  • match tactics
  • developing team spirit
  • individual and team discipline
  • warm-ups
  • training through games.

Best practice coaching...

You will be shown the best ways to help your players improve. I have seen too many coaches showing players the wrong way to tackle and pass. And if players do not practise skills to a very high standard in training then they won't be able to carry out that last-ditch tackle or miss-pass under pressure on match day.

You can rest safe in the knowledge that what you're coaching your players is essential for their development in the game.

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Rugby Coach Weekly includes the following:

Touchline Tales: A great way of finding solutions to those little problems that coaches deal with on a regular basis.

Defining a problem: Our team of expert coaches deal with two key issues every week - for example why are you missing so many tackles or losing too many rucks?

Solving the problem: Four pages of clearly-illustrated activities to solve your problems and improve your coaching sessions.

The Art of Coaching: How to deal with players of all ages, keep sessions interesting and stay ahead of the game.

The Surgery: Coaching or welfare issues are dealt with by our team of experienced coaches.

The Debate: Both sides of burning coaching and rugby issues are discussed - there's no-one sitting on the fence.

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Giving you what you want...

I want to make sure Rugby Coach Weekly is always relevant to your needs.

On a daily basis, my team interacts with the most important people – rugby coaches like you – to find out what issues you face week in and week out, so I can specially target the problems you face.

And I don't just listen, I do something about it. Rugby Coach Weekly has a dedicated letters page in each issue where my team and I will give you solutions to your questions.

If ever there is something you want featured, it couldn't be easier to let me know. Just send me an email or give me a call.

My full contact details are in each issue. I also follow all the comments on our forum to see what's going on in the world of rugby coaching.

My aim is to deliver you the best rugby coaching service on the planet.

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A team of experts to keep you ahead of the game...


Alan joined us in October 2013 after many years' distinguished service at Rugby World magazine, where he was Deputy Editor.

He has worked in sports journalism for almost 30 years, starting out as a freelance rugby reporter at the Richmond & Twickenham Times. He covered the great Bath team of the early Nineties for the city's Evening Chronicle and during an 18-month travel sabbatical reported on rugby Down Under for Australian Associated Press.

He subsequently worked as a sub-editor on a number of titles, including running the weekend rugby desk at The Sunday Times for seven years.

A qualified referee, he has chaired the rugby panel of the British Sports Book Awards since 2008 and in 2012 won IPC's Writer of the Year in the Special Interest category.

He's a keen skier but cites as his most memorable athletic achievement doing the London Marathon in a respectable four hours. “I only stopped once!” he says.

Alan is married with two daughters and lives in Kelvedon, Essex.   

head coach

Dan Cottrell has spent most of his adult life collecting and absorbing the most useful rugby coaching secrets he can find.

Dan is currently working as a practising RFU level 3 coach. He has taught the Young Ospreys and coached the Welsh Women team at the last Women's World Cup. He was Head of Rugby at Cranleigh School in Surrey, with responsibility for 16 teams.

He played rugby for Bath under coaches Jack Rowell and Brian Ashton. In the 1991/92 season he was the UK's second leading try scorer.


Paul Tyler is a Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach currently coaching Greenock Wanderers RFC in National division 1.

He is also a former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee.


Colin is a qualified physical education teacher with 16 years of experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union.

Colin has a vast and varied experience of coaching and teaching rugby at every level of the game from mini's to international squads.


Based in New Zealand for the last seven years, Mark is Head of Physical Education at Westlake Boys' High School and 1st XV coach and rugby technical director. He has an RFU Level 3 award, an IRB Level 4 award and completed the NZRFU Practicum award ? the highest coaching award in New Zealand.

Mark played for England U18s, captained England Students and played for Great Britain Students at rugby league.


As well as being a Level 2 coach, Ian is an RFU trainee coach developer. He has been Club Coaching Coordinator at Devizes RFC for five of the past eight years.

He is passionate about front row play in particular and has been a Dorset & Wiltshire Front Row Mentor for the past three seasons.


Tosh worked for 5 years as England U19 Head Coach and one year as skills coach for the Saxons. During that time he was an RFU National Academy Coach specifically foir skills and back play. He led England U19s to a Grand Slam in 2005.

He then worked at Loughborough University and Sale Sharks academy both on a part-time basis. Tosh was appointed as the Assistant Academy manager at the Tigers in June 2010.


Sean became assistant coach to Lyn Jones at the Ospreys before becoming head coach in 2008. He was then appointed head coach of Bristol in 2013,

He has also coached four Welsh international teams: U16s, Students, U21s and Sevens.


Nick has worked as a consultant and analyst for Graham Henry and Mike Ruddock.

He is currently working with a top international elite squad coaching staff.


After Steven finished his playing career, he moved to Australia and took up the position of director of rugby at Aranmore Catholic College in 2001.

Before becoming head coach of West Subiaco in 2009, he had extensive coaching experience in schoolboy representative rugby.

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Here are just some of the skills I will be covering in the following weeks and months – all clearly illustrated and explained to make them easy for you to coach:

Passing and handling

  • Timing for passing
  • Pop passing
  • Spin passing
  • Passing tricks
  • Pressure catching
  • Pass and move
  • Weighted passes
  • Miss passes

Footwork and evasion

  • Finding space
  • Offloading in the tackle
  • The sidestep
  • Space on the outside


  • Pinpoint kicking
  • Grubber kicks
  • Chip kick
  • Box kicks
  • Up and under

Decision making

  • Passing under pressure
  • Tactical kicking
  • To run or to kick
  • Playing heads up rugby

Tackling and defence

  • Tackling from any angle
  • The power of two
  • Offensive defence
  • Grab, twist and fall
  • Forcing turnovers
  • Rush defence
  • Disciplined drift defence
  • Forcing turnovers

Rucking and mauling

  • Quick recycled ball
  • Slowing the opposition's ball down
  • Tight bind and drives
  • Clearing out and rucking over

Attack patterns

  • Killer back moves
  • Exploit overlaps
  • Patterns of play
  • Straight running
  • Zone attacking

Support play

  • Pass and support
  • Staying on the shoulder
  • Recycle pods
  • Creating overlaps

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The quick, easy way to improve your rugby coaching...

With today's trial offer you can get the current issue plus the following four for JUST 97p – and two expert rugby coaching guides!

You will get ALL the following delivered direct to your email address:

The current e-magazine (PDF) of Rugby Coach Weekly to download, so you will profit straight away from all the news, coaching advice and Smart Session coaching plans.
The next four issues of Rugby Coach Weekly, which I'll send to you just as regular subscribers receive it each week, so you can see how normal subscription works.
Rugby Coach Weekly Games for Coaching Sessions – an exclusive manual containing Dan Cottrell's 25 favourite rugby games for promoting teamwork and core skills FREE (worth £19).
Rugby Coach Weekly Smart Session Core Skills – featuring four full training sessions to create powerful attacks FREE (worth £8).

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100% money-back guarantee

I am confident that Rugby Coach Weekly can help all rugby coaches of players aged eight and upwards across the globe.

So, when you take out a subscription to Rugby Coach Weekly you are fully covered by my 100% money-back guarantee.

If Rugby Coach Weekly does not help you become a better rugby coach, you can have ALL your money back. No problem, no worries, no awkward questions asked.

It's as simple as that.

So take out your 97p trial to Rugby Coach Weekly today.

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With Rugby Coach Weekly you have an e-magazine to improve your coaching ability, your players' rugby skills and your team's results. It will help you and your players enjoy the game a whole lot more. You will be challenging your players and yourself to greater heights of success.

If you want to make a big, positive impact on your team don't delay, act now. A gold mine of practical rugby coaching information awaits you!

Yours in coaching,

Dan Cottrell,
Head Coach, Rugby Coach Weekly

P.S. With my money-back guarantee there is no risk involved when you sign up to Rugby Coach Weekly. If you decide it's not for you, simply call or email me and I'll give you all your money back.

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